Coat, Pilot, Northwest Airlines


Display Status:

This object is not on display at the National Air and Space Museum. It is either on loan or in storage.

Collection Item Summary:

Captain’s Uniform

Northwest Airlines

Northwest Airlines pilots wear typical naval style uniforms first pioneered by Pan American in the 1930s. In recognition of Northwest’s roots as one of the earliest contract air mail carriers, pilots wear wings patterned after the original U.S. Air Mail badges.

Gift of Capt. Darrel F. Smith

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Physical Description

Tailor made, dark blue, single-breasted, polyester/wool blend uniform coat with four gold lace first officer rank stripes on lower sleeves and gold metal Northwest Airlines pilot wings on left breast.

Credit Line

Gift of Darrel F. Smith.

Country of Origin

United States of America


  • Overall - polyester wool
  • Buttons - plastic


  • Clothing (On Mannequin): 80 × 61 × 20cm (31 1/2 × 24 × 7 7/8 in.)
  • 3-D (Wings): 9 × 0.5 × 2cm (3 9/16 × 3/16 × 13/16 in.)
  • 3-D (ALPA Badge): 2 × 1 × 1cm (13/16 × 3/8 × 3/8 in.)

Data Source

National Air and Space Museum

Restrictions & Rights

Do not reproduce without permission from the Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum